|Directed by||Susanne Bier|
|Produced by||Vibeke Windelov
Peter Aalbæk Jensen
|Written by||Anders Thomas Jensen|
Nikolaj Lie Kaas
|Music by||Jesper Winge Leisner|
|Edited by||Pernille Bech Christensen|
|Distributed by||Nordisk Film|
|Running time||113 minutes|
Open Hearts (Danish: Elsker dig for evigt), is a 2002 Danish drama film directed by Susanne Bier using the minimalist filmmaking techniques of the Dogme 95 manifesto. It stars Mads Mikkelsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Sonja Richter and Paprika Steen. Also referred to as Dogme #28, Open Hearts relates the story of two couples whose lives are traumatized by a tragic car accident and adultery. Joachim, a young man, is made a tetraplegic and hospitalized indefinitely by a car accident after being hit by Marie. Marie's husband Niels is a doctor at the hospital, and he falls for Joachim's fiancee Cecilie, and they have an affair. Niels then leaves his wife, teenage daughter and two young boys for Cecilie, who abandons Joachim.
Open Hearts received a 96% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes movie review website. Susanne Bier received the International Critics Award at the 2002 Toronto International Film Festival "for the fact that it proves that dogma has come of age and matured into a potent cinematic language that skillfully captures the freeing of real emotions that extreme trauma creates within the lives of the characters in her film." The film won both the Bodil and Robert awards for Best Danish Film in 2003.
- Sonja Richter as Cecilie
- Nikolaj Lie Kaas as Joachim
- Mads Mikkelsen as Niels
- Paprika Steen as Marie
- Stine Bjerregaard as Stine
- Birthe Neumann as Hanne
- Niels Olsen as Finn
- Ulf Pilgaard as Thomsen
- Ronnie Hiort Lorenzen as Gustav
- Pelle Bang Sørensen as Emil
- Anders Nyborg as Robert
- Ida Dwinger as Sanne
- Philip Zandén as Tommy
- Michel Castenholt as Salesperson in Ilva
- Birgitte Prins as Doctor
- Susanne Juhasz as Cashier
- Hans Henrik Clemensen as Cook
- Jens Basse Dam as Waiter
- Hanne Windfeld as Nurse 1
- Tina Gylling Mortensen as Nurse 2
|Soundtrack album by Anggun|
|Genre||Urban pop, electronica|
|Label||Columbia, Sony Music|
|Producer||Niels Brinck, Jesper Winge Leisner|
The soundtrack for the film was recorded by French Indonesian singer Anggun. The album was released by Columbia Records and Sony Music International in many countries worldwide during 2002 to 2003. It became Anggun's second and final album to be in the United States, following Snow on the Sahara in 1998. The soundtrack features nine songs written and produced by Jesper Winge Leisner and Niels Brinck, three of which co-written by Anggun. The album received positive reception from music critics. William Ruhlmann from Allmusic rated it three out five stars, writing that Anggun "matches the propulsive, synthesized musical tracks with breathy, emotive vocals that never lose the beat for all their dramatic appeal." The album's lead single, "Open Your Heart", charted at number 51 on the Norwegian Singles Chart and was nominated for Best Song at the 2003 Robert Awards. "Counting Down" served as a radio-only single in Indonesia, while "I Wanna Hurt You" was released as 12" vinyl single in Italy.
- "Counting Down" (Jesper Winge Leisner, Niels Brinck) – 3:45
- "Open Your Heart" (Anggun, Leisner, Brinck) – 3:27
- "Little Things" (Leisner, Brinck) – 4:29
- "Blue Satellite" (Leisner, Brinck) – 3:44
- "The End Of A Story" (Anggun, Leisner, Brinck) – 4:42
- "Im Your Mirror" (Leisner, Brinck) – 3:42
- "Pray" (Anggun, Leisner, Brinck) – 4:16
- "I Wanna Hurt You" (Leisner, Brinck) – 3:35
- "Naked Sleep" (Leisner, Brinck) – 4:20
- "I Wanna Hurt You" (Niels Brinck Club Mix) (Bonus Track)
- "Open Your Heart" (A Capella Edit) (Bonus Track)
On his blog, Zach Braff announced that directing the film had been delayed due to his show Scrubs being renewed. The production of the film has been put in limbo several times due to Braff returning to film the seventh and eighth seasons of Scrubs, and in 2006 it was revealed that Braff had put the project on hold for a year after difficulties surrounding casting.
- "Elsker dig for evigt". Det Danske Filminstitut. Retrieved 2008-05-25.
- "Open Hearts". Rotten Tomatoes.com. Retrieved 2008-05-25.
- "Awards for Elsker dig for evigt (2002)". IMDb. Retrieved 2008-05-25.
- William Ruhlmann (2003). Open Hearts. allmusic.com. Retrieved January 23, 2012.